Rain City Ambience

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New Lungs

Genre: Indie/Post-Rock
From: Seattle, WA
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new lungsNew Lungs is the indie/post-rock/post-punk product of five skilled Pacific Northwest musicians that put on a mean stage show. And what better way to represent the local scene than with a few guys from Seattle, Bellevue, and Bellingham.

I once had the honor of sharing the stage with guitarist, Scott Rixon, in a band called Drypoint (now retired) a couple of years ago, so I knew New Lungs was going to be the real deal based off of his undeniable musicianship and super energetic stage presence. As soon as I got my ears on one of their tracks, my theories were proven correct. I was instantly drawn by the double lead vocalists/songwriters – this means double the voices, double the writing power, and double the style. The voices of Wes Gonzalez and Nick Emard vocally and lyrically weave through their songs in a way that is complimentary, and not cluttered. Although their sound could be put in a “post-punk” bucket courtesy of the countless headbanging moments and vocal style of the two lead singers, their instrumentation and composition choices provide a more sophisticated indie-pop sound that is reminiscent of other Seattle bands like Acceptance and Barcelona.

Although the New Lungs EP release show happened on a late Sunday evening, that did not stop the loyal fans from coming out to support the band. And when I say loyal, I mean really loyal. These guys knew every single lyric to all the songs, it was impressive and pretty endearing to see all the love for a local band. The quintet put on a high-energy show and proved that they were not only stellar musicians, but awesome performers.

A New Lungs show is a must for any live music enthusiast. Catch the guys in Anacortes, WA at The Business on August 15th.

Amanda Tran

About Amanda Tran

Creating, discovering, and listening to rad music on the daily. Songwriter - Singer - Pop Culture Fiend - Sweater Collector.

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